Bruja Magic

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August 31, 2016 by elnadesbookchat

Labyrinth Lost By Zoraida Cordova

Book Birthday September 6, 2016

Summary from Netgalley: Bruja magic runs in her blood, but a curse meant to banish it may cost Alex more than her power…
Labyrinth LostAlex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. So while most girls celebrate their Quinceañera, Alex prepares for Death Day—the most important day in a bruja’s life, and her only opportunity to rid herself of magic.
But the curse she performs during the ceremony backfires and her family vanishes, forcing Alex to absorb all of the magic from her family line. Left alone, Alex seeks help from Nova, a brujo with ambitions of his own. To get her family back they must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

 

I have mixed feelings about this cover.  I kept seeing it on Netgalley though and it kind of grew on me.  It took several looks at the cover for me to go and look at the description which finally won me over to reading it.  Bruja means witch in central and south America.  The author has drawn on a lot of hispanic culture, such as the Day of the Dead, and other mystical subjects to create this unique and fascinating world.  Alex is a great character too, stronger than she thinks, and very much afraid of her own power.  I loved the Limbo/Netherworld that the author created as well.  It was terrifying as well as beautiful at time.  There is a love triangle, which is very secondary to the main story, but still different as it is between Alex and her best friend Rishi, an Indian American girl and Nova the Brujo boy.  The Devourer is a great evil villain and I hope to see her again in the next book.

Reviewed from an ARC received from Netgalley.

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